Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 26 February 2013

Venue: Plenary Chamber

The Assembly met at 10.30am, the Speaker in the Chair.

1. Personal Prayer or Meditation

Members observed two minutes’ silence.

2. Executive Committee Business

2.1 Statement – Social Housing Reform

The Minister for Social Development, Mr Nelson McCausland, made a statement regarding Social Housing Reform, following which he replied to questions.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) took the Chair.

2.2 Statement – Area Planning

The Minister of Education, Mr John O’Dowd, made a statement regarding Area Planning following which he replied to questions.

2.3 Motion - Draft Companies (Public Sector Audit) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013
Proposed:

That the draft Companies (Public Sector Audit) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 be approved.

Minister of Finance and Personnel

Debate ensued.

The Speaker took the Chair.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried without division.

3. Private Members’ Business
3.1 Motion - Establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee

A valid Petition of Concern was presented in relation to this motion under Standing Order 28, on Monday 25 February 2013 (Appendix 1).

Proposed:

That this Assembly approves the establishment of an ad hoc committee to deal with issues surrounding flags, emblems, symbols and language at Parliament Buildings and to report to the Assembly.

Ms C Ruane
Mr P Ramsey

Debate ensued.

The sitting was suspended at 12.38pm.

The sitting resumed at 2.00pm, with the Deputy Speaker (Mr Dallat) in the Chair.

4. Question Time

4.1 Finance and Personnel   

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Finance and Personnel, Mr Sammy Wilson.

4.2 Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Questions were put to, and answered by, the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots.

The Speaker took the Chair.

5. Private Members’ Business (Cont’d)
5.1 Motion - Establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee

The Speaker took the Chair.

Debate resumed on the motion.

The Question being put, the Motion was negatived on a cross-community vote (Division).

5.2 Motion - Entitlement Framework Funding and Strategy for 14-19 Year Olds
Proposed:

That this Assembly, in light of Recommendation 9 of the Review of the Common Funding Scheme and the concerns being expressed by schools and further education colleges, calls on the Minister of Education to extend the funding earmarked for the Entitlement Framework to the 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial years; and further calls on the Minister of Education to work with the Minister for Employment and Learning to bring forward, as a matter of urgency, a common funding approach for all pupils and students within a coherent strategy for 14 to 19 year olds.

Mr M Storey
Miss M McIlveen
Mr J Craig

Debate ensued.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr Beggs) took the Chair.

The Question being put, the Motion was carried without division.

The Speaker took the Chair.                                                                                                                

6. Adjournment

Mr Paul Givan spoke to his topic regarding the John Lewis Sprucefield Retail Development.

Proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Speaker

The Assembly adjourned at 6.27pm.

Mr William Hay
The Speaker

26 February 2013

Appendix 1

Northern Ireland Assembly

The undersigned Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly presented a Petition of Concern, in accordance with Standing Order 28, on Monday 25 February 2013 in relation to the following motion:

Establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee

That this Assembly approves the establishment of an ad hoc committee to deal with issues surrounding flags, emblems, symbols and language at Parliament Buildings and to report to the Assembly.

MR SYDNEY ANDERSON

MR JONATHAN BELL

MS PAULA BRADLEY

MS PAM BROWN

MR THOMAS BUCHANAN

MR GREGORY CAMPBELL

MR TREVOR CLARKE

MR JONATHAN CRAIG

MR SAMMY DOUGLAS

MR GORDON DUNNE

MR ALEX EASTON

MRS ARLENE FOSTER

MR PAUL FREW

MR PAUL GIRVAN

MR PAUL GIVAN

MRS BRENDA HALE

MR SIMON HAMILTON

MR DAVID HILDITCH

MR WILLIAM HUMPHREY

MR WILLIAM IRWIN

MR NELSON MCCAUSLAND

MR IAN MCCREA

MR DAVID MCILVEEN

MISS MICHELLE MCILVEEN

MR ADRIAN MCQUILLAN

THE LORD MORROW

MR STEPHEN MOUTRAY

MR ROBIN NEWTON

MR EDWIN POOTS

MR GEORGE ROBINSON

MR PETER ROBINSON

MR ALASTAIR ROSS

MR JIMMY SPRATT

MR MERVYN STOREY

MR PETER WEIR

MR JIM WELLS

MR SAMMY WILSON

Northern Ireland Assembly
26 February 2013
Division

Motion - Establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee

Proposed:

That this Assembly approves the establishment of an ad hoc committee to deal with issues surrounding flags, emblems, symbols and language at Parliament Buildings and to report to the Assembly.

Ms C Ruane
Mr P Ramsey

Question put.

The Assembly divided.

Ayes: 48
Noes: 46

AYES

NATIONALIST:

Mr Attwood, Mr Boylan, Ms Boyle, Mr D Bradley, Mr Brady, Mr Byrne, Mr Dallat, Mr Durkan, Mr Eastwood, Ms Fearon, Mr Flanagan, Mr Hazzard, Mrs D Kelly, Mr G Kelly, Mr Lynch, Mr McAleer, Mr F McCann, Ms J McCann, Mr McCartney, Ms McCorley, Mr McDevitt, Dr McDonnell, Mr McElduff, Ms McGahan, Mr M McGuinness, Mr McKay, Ms Maeve McLaughlin,  Mr Mitchel McLaughlin, Mr McMullan, Mr A Maginness, Mr Maskey, Ms Ní Chuilín, Mr Ó hOisín, Mr O'Dowd, Mrs O'Neill, Mr P Ramsey, Ms S Ramsey, Mr Rogers, Ms Ruane, Mr Sheehan.

OTHER:

Mrs Cochrane, Mr Dickson, Dr Farry, Mr Ford, Ms Lo, Mr Lunn, Mr Lyttle, Mr McCarthy.

Tellers for the Ayes: Mr Eastwood and Ms Ruane.

NOES

UNIONIST:

Mr Allister, Mr Anderson, Mr Beggs, Mr Bell, Ms P Bradley, Ms Brown, Mr Buchanan, Mr Clarke, Mr Craig, Mr Cree, Mrs Dobson, Mr Dunne, Mr Easton, Mr Elliott, Mr Frew, Mr Gardiner, Mr Girvan, Mr Givan, Mrs Hale, Mr Hamilton, Mr Hilditch, Mr Humphrey, Mr Irwin, Mr Kennedy, Mr Kinahan, Mr McCausland, Mr McClarty, Mr I McCrea, Mr D McIlveen, Miss M McIlveen, Mr McNarry, Mr McQuillan, Lord Morrow, Mr Moutray, Mr Nesbitt, Mr Newton, Mrs Overend, Mr Poots, Mr G Robinson, Mr P Robinson, Mr Ross, Mr Spratt, Mr Storey, Mr Weir, Mr Wells, Mr Wilson.

Tellers for the Noes: Mr McQuillan and Mr G Robinson.

Total votes                               94                                           Total Ayes                            48           [51.1%]

Nationalist Vote                      40                                           Nationalist Ayes                  40           [100.0%%]

Unionist Votes                         46                                           Unionist Ayes                       0              [0.0%]

Other Votes                               8                                            Other Ayes                          8              [100.0%]

 

The following Member voted in both Lobbies and is therefore not counted in the result:

Mr Agnew.

The Motion was negatived on a cross-community vote.

Northern Ireland Assembly
Papers Presented to the Assembly on
26 February 2013
1. Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly
2. Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly
3. Orders in Council
4. Publications Laid in the Northern Ireland Assembly
5. Assembly Reports

Report on the Welfare Reform Bill (NIA 74/11-15) (Committee for Social Development)

6. Statutory Rules

S. R. 2013/37 The Student Fees (Qualifying Courses and Persons) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (DEL)

For Information Only:

7. Written Ministerial Statements

Community Resuscitation Strategy (DHSSPS)

8. Consultation Documents
9. Departmental Publications
10. Agency Publications
11. Westminster Publications
12. Miscellaneous Publications

Northern Ireland Assembly Legislation:

Stages in Consideration of Public Bills

  1. First Stage: Introduction of Bill.
  2. Second Stage: General debate of the Bill with an opportunity for Members to vote on its general principles.
  3. Committee Stage (Comm. Stage): Detailed investigation by a Committee which concludes with the publication of a report for consideration by the Assembly.
  4. Consideration Stage (CS): Consideration by the Assembly of, and an opportunity for Members to vote on, the details of the Bill including amendments proposed to the Bill.
  5. Further Consideration Stage (FCS): Consideration by the Assembly of, and an opportunity for Members to vote on, further amendments to the Bill.
  6. Final Stage: Passing or rejecting of Bill by the Assembly, without further amendment.
  7. Royal Assent.

Proceedings as at 26 February 2013

2011-2015 Mandate
Executive Bills

Title &
Bill Number

First
Stage

Second Stage

Comm. Stage to Conclude

Report Ordered to be Printed

CS

FCS

Final Stage

Royal Assent

Marine Bill NIA Bill 5/11-15

21.02.12

05.03.12

06.07.12

05.07.12

 

 

 

 

Superannuation Bill NIA Bill 6/11-15

12.03.12

26.03.12

28.09.12

26.09.12

22.10.12

06.11.12

19.11.12

10.01.13

Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Bill

NIA Bill 7/11-15

12.06.12

25.06.12

26.10.12

24.10.12

20.11.12

03.12.12

11.12.12

18.01.13

Business Improvement Districts Bill NIA Bill 9/11-15

25.06.12

17.09.12

13.12.12

13.12.12

21.01.13

29.01.13

11.02.13

 

Criminal Justice Bill NIA Bill 10/11-15

25.06.12

03.07.12

14.12.12

13.12.12

19.02.13 & 25.02.13

 

 

 

Charities Bill NIA Bill 11/11-15

02.07.12

11.09.12

23.10.12

23.10.12

20.11.12

03.12.12

11.12.12

18.01.13

Welfare Reform Bill NIA Bill 13/11-15

01.10.12

09.10.12

19.02.13

14.02.13

 

 

 

 

Education Bill NIA Bill 14/11-15

02.10.12

15.10.12

08.04.13

 

 

 

 

 

/Air Passenger Duty (Setting of Rate) Bill NIA Bill 15/11-15

08.10.12

16.10.12

N/A

N/A

22.10.12

05.11.12

06.11.12

11.12.12

Water and Sewerage Services (Amendment) Bill NIA Bill 16/11-15

19.11.12

27.11.12

29.01.12

23.01.13

12.02.13

25.02.13

 

 

Planning Bill NIA Bill 17/11-15

14.01.13

22.01.13

07.06.13

 

 

 

 

 

Budget Bill NIA Bill 18/11-15

11.02.13

12.02.13

N/A

N/A

18.02.13

19.02.13

25.02.13

 

2011-2015 Mandate
Non-Executive Bills

Title &
Bill Number

First
Stage

Second Stage

Comm. Stage to Conclude

Report Ordered to be Printed

CS

FCS

Final Stage

Royal Assent

Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill NIA Bill 12/11-15

02.07.12

25.09.12

15.02.13

13.02.13

 

 

 

 

  1. / Bill progressing by accelerated passage
  2. ** Please note that any bills that received Royal Assent in the previous session have been removed from the table. 

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